USA Dressage Team Horses Leave for Europe on Way to Tokyo Olympics

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USA team riders Steffen Peters with Suppenkasper, Nick Wagman with Don John and Adrienne Lyle in pre-dawn departure from Wellington, Florida to head to Europe for quarantine layover before going on to Tokyo for Olympics. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

July 3, 2021

United States dressage team horses left Wellington, Florida early Saturday for the flight to Europe and a mandatory quarantine layover on the way to the Olympics in Tokyo. Two Canadian team horses were on the same Dutta Corp. flight.

The American horses were Salvino ridden by Adrienne Lyle, Suppenkasper ridden by Steffen Peters, Sanceo ridden by Sabine Schut-Kery and Don John ridden by Nick Wagman as the reserve for the three-member team. Along with horses from throughout Europe and the Americas, the horses will quarantine at the World Equestrian Festival show grounds in Aachen, Germany before going to Tokyo for dressage competition July 24-28.

The U.S. team is Adrienne Lyle, 36, of Wellington, Florida and Salvino, 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Betsy Juliano LLC;  Steffen Peters, 56, of San Diego, California and Suppenkasper, 13-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Four Winds Farm and Akiko Yamazaki, Sabine Schut-Kery, 52, of Napa, California and Sanceo, 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Alice Womble. The traveling reserve is Nick Wagman, 47, of San Diego, California and Don John, 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Beverly Gepfer.

Both Adrienne with Salvino and Steffen with Suppenkasper were on the team that earned silver at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon. Adrienne competed at the 2012 Olympics while Steffen will be competing in his fifth Games, including the 1996 and 2016 team bronze medal squads.

The American team had been in Wellington in a sub-tropical climate to prepare for similar conditions forecast for Tokyo.

Canadian team horses Eclips, 12-year-old KWPN gelding, owned by Barbara Soederhuizen and Chris von Martels, who is the rider, and Statesman, 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding, owned by KML, Inc., with Naïma Moreira Laliberté, 24, as the reserve were on the same flight with the U.S. team horses.

All In, 16-year-old KWPN gelding, ridden by Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu, 32, and with her husband, Marc-Andre Beaulieu, and Sebastien, 15-year-old Rhinelander gelding, owned by Enterprise Farm Equestrian, LLC and rider Lindsay Kellock, 31, are flying from New York to Europe.